A couple of highlights from the BMI-TechKnowledge Telecom Trends event in Johannesburg on 13 April:
- General increase in broadband penetration to PCs in the home from 1% to 6% among LSM 3-6.
- Half of these people use a handset to access the internet — definite increase in wireless access at home.
- 20% of handsets in SA are now 3G capable.
- Billions of USD investment in telecoms in Angola (ADONES system commissioned) — watch this space.
- 2010 global mobile data traffic nearly tripled for the 3rd year in a row.
- Traffic demand on mobile networks per month:
- Non smartphone demand: 2009: 1.5MB … 2010: 3.3MB
- Smartphone demand: 2009: 35MB … 2010: 79MB
- Tablet demand: 2009: 79MB … 2010: 405MB
- Laptop demand (using cellular dongles): 2009: 1.1GB, 2010: 1.74GB
- March 2011:
- MTN: 60MB per month usage by smartphone users
- Vodacom: 42MB per month usage by smartphone users
Overall the demand in internet, mobile and voice services is on a radical increase while revenue margins are decreasing. Expect consolidation in the market, especially amongst broadband ISPs, as well as increased competitiion.